March meeting - Using HTML/CSS/Javascipt to build hybrid mobile apps

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, 6:30pm

During this session we will be exploring the various tools that can be use to build mobile applications for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and a few others mobile operating systems. Although all of the tools are based on the open source Apache Cordova Platform, some make the development experience much more productive than others. We will be closely examining three of these tools and building a demo in each of them in order to highlight their differences. 

Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.


Bio
Noted woodworker and pastry Chef, Shawn Gwin has been working as a developer for decades.  An Extreme Ironing enthusiast, Shawn has competed at a semi-professional level. Shawn was the sole American on the team that designed the Car Exhaust Grill. A failed drone pilot, Shawn has extensive experience with replacing propellers and placing drones in tree tops at high speed.  Shawn lives somewhere near the Canadian border with 12 cats and a deaf Chihuahua.  Once again, Shawn has delegated the writing of his bio to people who are easily bored.

February meeting has been cancelled

Due to a schedule conflict, TVUG will not have a February meeting.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 10th.

January Meeting - Building Games for Windows and Windows Phone

We had to reschedule the November meeting for January.  There will be no meetings in December.

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, January 13th, 2015, 6:30pm

There are a variety of platforms and frameworks which can be used to build games on both Windows and Windows Phone depending on the complexity of the game and the developer's skill level. In this session, we will delve into the many options available to developers, including DirectX, Unity, MonoGame, and more!

You will learn:
  • Overview of game development on Windows and Windows Phone
  • Examples using a variety of game frameworks and platforms
  • Game development strategies and tips
Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.

Bio
Inventor, maverick, Flag Football League Coach.  That is Brian Peek and he will be bringing his presentation tour to TVUG once more.  As Ricky Jay once said, "I don't know Brian Peek".  When Brian is not coding or speaking about coding, he can be found behind the bar at The Dirty Wombat, conducting social psychology experiments while trying save a simple marsupial from extinction.  After finding success on the outskirts of Schenectady, Brian will be opening a second Dirty Wombat in the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas.  You'll be able to book your dinner reservation in the spring of 2015.  Once again, Brian has discovered the perils of not submitting a bio.

"Brian Peek. He's better than bad." - Jeremiah Morrill

November Meeting - Building Games for Windows and Windows Phone

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, 6:30pm

There are a variety of platforms and frameworks which can be used to build games on both Windows and Windows Phone depending on the complexity of the game and the developer's skill level. In this session, we will delve into the many options available to developers, including DirectX, Unity, MonoGame, and more!

You will learn:
  • Overview of game development on Windows and Windows Phone
  • Examples using a variety of game frameworks and platforms
  • Game development strategies and tips
Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.

Bio
Inventor, maverick, Flag Football League Coach.  That is Brian Peek and he will be bringing his presentation tour to TVUG once more.  As Ricky Jay once said, "I don't know Brian Peek".  When Brian is not coding or speaking about coding, he can be found behind the bar at The Dirty Wombat, conducting social psychology experiments while trying save a simple marsupial from extinction.  After finding success on the outskirts of Schenectady, Brian will be opening a second Dirty Wombat in the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas.  You'll be able to book your dinner reservation in the spring of 2015.  Once again, Brian has discovered the perils of not submitting a bio.

"Brian Peek. He's better than bad." - Jeremiah Morrill

October Meeting - Cloud Enabling your Apps

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, 6:30pm

Cloud Enabling your Apps. From games to app to web sites, learn how Microsoft Azure can bring your application to the next level. With services like push notifications, media, data storage to virtual machine and networks, you can have a cloud enabled app in no time.

Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.

Bio
Joshua Drew is a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft where he is responsible for promoting the development across the Windows ecosystem all over New England. Joshua focuses on Windows 8 and Windows Phone application and gaming development using native languages, such as C# or hybrid development using HTML5/JavaScript. As an evangelist, Joshua works with professional developers and students at workshops and on-premise events to help develop apps and games along with providing guidance on user experience design, marketing and promotion.

Joshua has made his slide deck available here.

September Meeting - Diving into AngularJS with Francis Spor

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 6:30pm

As javascript has grown up, it's started to become more of a serious contender as a way to develop applications.   I'm not, by any means, claiming to be an expert on AngularJS; but, what I plan to discuss today are my thoughts as I have been learning this framework.  I'll run through a build of an app with you and try to show you some of the neat points that I have found.  I also have some resources that I can share with you that I have found to be extremely helpful in my learning process.

Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.

Bio
Francis Spor is a 30-something year old guy who is used to spending most of his days in his pajama pants in his Duanesburg fortress of solitude, working as a software developer for Sportssignup.com. He enjoys hanging out and enjoying geeky activities with his wife, four-year-old daughter, two-year-old son, and dog (who will be 6 on Saturday!) More specifically, he enjoys geocaching, board and card games, video games, watching TV, and collecting t-shirts and dust bunnies.  Follow Francis on that Twitter thing @fspOr

Early bird tickets available for Level Up conference through June 27th


Level Up is a creative tech conference that explores the process of creating and shipping modern software products. The conference will feature practical experience by industry experts, over two days, covering four themes; ideate, design, build, and launch. Join us to meet interesting people, make new friends, and learn new skills you can show off at home.  The conference will be in Saratoga, NY on October 8th and 9th.

Early bird tickets are available, starting today (June 25th) and going through the 27th.  Click here to register.

June Meeting - Deep Dive into the Visual Studio 2013 Performance and Diagnostics Hub

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, 6:30pm

Visual Studio 2013 has introduced a new Performance and Diagnostics hub which encompasses a variety of new and old tools to profile your Windows Store and desktop applications. In this session, we will take a detailed look at all of the tools that the Performance and Diagnostics Hub has to offer with both XAML and HTML/JavaScript Windows Store apps, as well as some of the older profiling tools that can be used with standard desktop and web applications.

Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.

Please note: Due to an error with a previous edition of this post, certain details have been corrected.  Brian will not be teaching advanced fire breathing techniques.

Bio
Amateur sleuth, hat enthusiast, and local historian, Brian Peek has been slinging code and cracking wise for many decades. Brian is back in the Albany area with his gold plated Sony ECM-51 after a long tour as the lighting director for touring company of "P90-X: The Musical". A skilled amateur inventor, Brian has applied for (and lost) a patent for the USB Pet Rock. Brian was part of team that created the Goldfish Walker, the only ASPA approved device for taking fish out for a stroll. Once again, Brian made the mistake of letting someone else write his bio.

Special May Event - Attend a Microsoft //publish/ event to get your app published

Where: New Horizions, Albany NY, 15 Cornell Rd, Latham NY 12110
When: Saturday, May 17th, 2014, 9:00am-1:00PM
Who: TVUG, Microsoft


IMPORTANT: Please note that we will be meeting at New Horizons Albany for this event.  Also note that ideally you will bring a laptop (see details below) for a hands-on opportunity.  New Horizons is moving to a new location and will be at 15 Cornell Rd, Latham NY 12110 by May 17th.

Your unfinished passion project.
The game that’s missing a final level.
The app in need of a few testers.
Join your peers for that final mile.

Publish it.


Bring your existing app and game projects to Microsoft's //publish/ event to code with developers from around the world. Collaborate and get help with app design, performance, testing, publishing, porting from Unity - you name it. It's a Microsoft sponsored event devoted to getting your app up and running smoothly on Windows phones, tablets, and PCs.

Receive onsite support from Microsoft and community experts to remove blockers and add the finishing touches to your project. Join a testing group of your peers and try your app out on a range of devices. Connect online with developers and Microsoft product specialists from all over the globe in simultaneous worldwide events. Show off your completed project at the App Showcase.

Prizes will be awarded to showcase winners and there are special incentives to submit your app for publishing while at the event. Don't forget - apps published to the Windows or Windows Phone Store before June 1st, 2014 are eligible for even more great prizes through the //publish/ Developer Contest.

Register for the Albany //publish/ event here.  The Albany event will be Saturday morning, May 17th, from 9:00am to 1:00 pm.  All registered attendees will receive a t-shirt and other gifts, courtesy of Microsoft.  Not ready to build that app? Register for //publish and come on down and we'll show how easy it is to write and publish apps for Windows Store and Windows Phone.

May Meeting - Cross-Platform Mobile Development Using C# with Mike Bluestein (Xamarin)

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, May 13th, 2013, 6:30pm

TVUG welcomes Mike Bluestein from Xamarin for our May user group presentation.

This session will present Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android, showing how they can be used to do native iOS and Android development respectively using C#. We'll discuss how each product works to expose native APIs from Apple and Google and present strategies for building applications leveraging .NET for code sharing across platforms. We'll then walk through how to build such an application targeting both iOS and Android using Visual Studio.

Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.


Bio
Mike Bluestein is a developer evangelist for Xamarin. He is one of the first users of Xamarin.iOS, dating back to the pre-Xamarin days when the product was called MonoTouch. He is also the author of the book Learning MonoTouch: A Hands-On Guide to Building iOS Applications with C# and .NET. Previously Mike was a Principal Engineer at Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks where he worked on a variety engineering applications.